This 2004 "Monty" award-winning film, "We Are All Smith Islanders," demonstrates how global warming is changing the Chesapeake Bay region, using the waning livelihoods of Smith Island watermen as its main example.
The film explores how global warming is affecting agriculture, wildlife, health and tourism throughout the Chesapeake Bay, and how the crisis is expected deepen without immediate action. The film also looks at clean energy solutions that can help slow and possibly stop human-induced global warming in the region.
Producer Mark Cohen and author Mike Tidwll made the documentary for the non-profit organization, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN).
January 16, 2009 Subject:
Smith Island is a startling, well made cautionary tale
If you think that global warming hasn't affected this area, think again. This well researched cautionary story about the Chesapeake Watershed shows environmental refugees in the greater DC area. It clearly shows the effects of global warming and sea level rise on the islands, shores, and inhabitants of the Chesapeake Bay region.
With recent data coming out of the Arctic Circle and Antarctica, we may be very close to sharing the fate of Smith Islanders, especially if we live on low lands near the sea.
Well produced, impeccably documented, relatively short, and bittersweet.